Congresswoman Gwen Moore (WI-04) congratulates the six Wisconsin organizations awarded AmeriCorps VISTA Grants

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Milwaukee, WI, April 24, 2019 | comments

For Immediate Release
April 24, 2019

Congresswoman Gwen Moore (WI-04) congratulates the six Wisconsin organizations awarded AmeriCorps VISTA grants

Milwaukee, WI – Congresswoman Gwen Moore (WI-04) released the following statement upon the announcement that six Wisconsin organizations have been selected to receive a total of $571,000 in AmeriCorps VISTA grants from the Corporation for National and Community Service, which will support 33 VISTA members statewide.

“National and community service is a tremendous calling and I commend the additional young men and women who will now have the opportunity to work to improve our communities as a result of these awards. As a former VISTA participant, I have seen firsthand the positive impact that AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers can have on a community. I look forward to seeing how these grants help Milwaukee, and the other areas in our state that will benefit, to thrive and grow,” Congresswoman Gwen Moore said.      

The winning recipients include CentroHispano Inc., United Way of Wisconsin, Habitat for Humanity of Wisconsin, The Greater Milwaukee Foundation, Achieve Brown County and NEWCAP Inc., which will receive grants ranging from $40,000 - $174,000 to fund a variety of community service projects.

The AmeriCorps VISTA program is a national service initiative created in 1965 that seeks to alleviate poverty in America. VISTA members volunteer full-time for one year at local organizations to strengthen anti-poverty efforts within communities. In the 1970’s, Congresswoman Moore served as a VISTA volunteer in Milwaukee where she helped develop a credit union that made loans and grants to low income citizens in a financially underserved area.

“My path to public service and governance was forged through my time serving as a VISTA volunteer in Milwaukee. Through these rich and meaningful experiences, I learned that all of us, regardless of age, race, socioeconomic background, or upbringing, possesses the power and means to support and transform our communities for the better,” Congresswoman Moore said.

 

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